Modern Girls by Jennifer S. Brown
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Modern Girls is a tale from a different time, though it is a book that also addresses timeless themes of family, marriage and motherhood. In 1935, Dottie is a young woman who is great with numbers which has given her the opportunity to work at an insurance company. Her mother Rose is the classic hardworking mother with a loving husband and a gang of children to care for. But what this mother and daughter must share is the consequences of unplanned pregnancies for both of them. While both of them know that whatever decisions they make will change their lives, they must also deal with their family, the gossip of their neighborhood and what terrors are to come in the world around them.
This was an excellent mother-daughter story. While the two main character may seem to be from entirely different worlds, throughout the book they find themselves becoming more connected than they every thought. This book addresses so many issues that women had to face in a Jewish neighborhood in New York in 1935, but also what women must face today when it comes to love, family and making the best decisions for their own lives. I highly recommend this book. You won't want to put it down.
*Received a copy of this book from Penguin First to Read
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